Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Day 141 of 2019

Here's me in the mirror, in the mirror, in the mirror.

I wanted to see how I did on this reverse French, or Dutch braid. 
I'm thinking it's not too bad, until it gets closer to the bottom, 
considering that it has been a long time since I tried one of this kind 
on my own head. 
Next time I might try this upside down, 
starting at the neck and ending at the top of my head. 
That will be a sight, won't it?

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Day 138 of 2019

Today I am working on a fabric pull 
and have forgotten I was going to get a photo of something else.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Day 137 of 2019

Today we celebrate.  Forty-four. 

Today's post would make much more sense if I could link to the post
 of last year's gift to Fireball, 
 but as it turns out I didn't take a picture of it or post anything about it. 
So tomorrow, if time and circumstances permit, 
I will take a picture and post it to clarify for you. 
See you then.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Day 136 of 2019

More yard transformation happened today including planting this new dogwood tree. 
Later we experienced a severe thunderstorm 
and suffered some damage to our existing maple tree.  
So here it is, new dogwood (left) and large broken limb (right) 
still attached but hanging. 
We'll have to get up there and trim it out as soon as it is not raining so hard 
and try not to damage the new plants in the process.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Day 133 of 2019

This tree is a volunteer walnut tree.  
It is very close to our deck which was not a problem when it was small. 
I thought it might give us some nice shade as it got bigger, 
but now it is causing a problem in our seating area with limbs on guests' heads. 
 I think it will have to go.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Day 132 of 2019

Here I was struggling with what to post today to convey the Mother's Day feeling
 and then M sends me this photo in a text.
 It's perfect. 
Our family was complete.  
Happy Mother's Day. 

L to R:  Big D, Little E, Me holding M, T-Bone, Fireball in back

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Day 131 of 2018

At the Children's Museum under the Chihuly is the youngest GB and me.

Fireball and I celebrated Mother's Day early with a trip to the museum
 with two of our four children,
 both of our daughters-in-law, and three of our four grandchildren.  
We had a great time and even a little rain did not bother us. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Day 130 of 2019

The garden clean up continues. 
Large front pot contains rescued daffodils. 
Huge back pot contains rescued day lilies. 
Some will get replanted in the freshly weeded original bed. 
Some will find new homes in other parts of the yard. 
After that, I will likely still have some left.

Day 129 of 2019

On Tuesday while I was working on the forever shawl, 
this happened. 
I had over 400 stitches on the needle at the time 
and lots of them fell off and were just sitting there live.  
I quickly strung them all onto a contrasting piece of yarn.  
In the process more stitches fell off the cable.  
Needless to say I was in quite a panic.  
They are all safe now but I'm sure there will be stitches to fix 
as I get to them when I start to knit again.  
I have found another circular needle to use so I can begin soon.

(shown is my cowl still not blocked, not shawl in question)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Day 128 of 2019

After another day working on the front yard, 
I took a survey of the back yard to see how things are doing.  
The lilac is coming along slower than I expected 
but looks like it will have quite a profusion of blooms once they open up.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Day 127 of 2019

I have been a part of a little quilt group for approximately twenty-five years. 
This is a great group of ladies. 
Each time one of us loses a loved one, 
the others will make quilt blocks in his or her memory 
and present those blocks to her. 
Tonight I was presented blocks in memory of my mom.  
The blocks are three inch finished and were quite a challenge. 
It has been a rough six months for me and  
I appreciate that each member was willing to step up to the challenge, 
learn something new just to make blocks for me.  
I love my little baskets. 
Thank you. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Day 126 of 2019

It was another fun day of playing in the dirt. 
I didn't remember to take any garden pictures, but honestly, 
they wouldn't have looked much different than the one from yesterday. 
I am so tired (in a good way) and I can hardly move 
so instead I will share with you a proverb 
from my hot chocolate mug this evening.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Day 124 of 2019

Remember that time you went clothes shopping
 and most of the items you brought home were black and white?
Oh, wait.  That was 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Day 123 of 2019

An early Mother's Day gift arrived today in a refrigerated box. 
What a happy surprise!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Day 121 of 2019

So, "where am I?
Fireball and I went downtown to see the show "Waitress."
I really liked it. 
It was funny, sad, and hopeful. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Day 120 of 2019

I have finally reached the final section of the shawl I have been working on forever. 
Nine rows to go. 
Then I have all the ends to weave in, of course. 
I hope to have this done in the next week. 
Wish me luck.

(You can see previous pictures of this project under the "knitting" label 
in the sidebar)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Day 118 of 2019

Going to the Decorators' Show House
 is one of the things I look forward to most each year. 
This was part of my favorite room this year. 
Most of the rooms felt very modern but this one felt homey and warm. 
I am obsessed with the wallpaper and the row of hats. 
I'm not sure there is a place in my house to use this idea, 
but you can be sure I will be pondering this for a while.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Day 114 of 2019

The Easter eggs have been peeled to be used in tonight's egg salad.
They are almost too pretty to eat.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Day 113 of 2019

It's Tuesday, quilting night. 
It is fun to see how others decorate. 
The spring mantel was beautiful.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Day 111 of 2019

This morning I baked gluten free Brown Butter Eggnog Snickerdoodle Donuts 
to bring to Easter brunch today.  
They were amazing.  
If you'd like to make some of your own, they are on the Bob's Red Mill website.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Day 109 of 2019

I am reading a book given to me by my neighbor
 to help me deal with the remaining items Mom owned.  
This is definitely the best chapter title I've come across so far.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 107 of 2019

Fireball and I have started to get out and move our feet more 
for overall general good health. 
I needed some new shoes and found that they make a pair
 that is actually shaped like my foot. 
Hurray for that.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Day 106 of 2019

The second installment of the quilt exhibit I went to last month opened tonight. 
This group is made up of transitional quilts. 
This medallion quilt fascinated me. 
It is made entirely of handmade paper which has been hand dyed, 
with the each piece individually cut and then applied to this large paperboard. 
I have forgotten the artist's name but can find out easily
 and will edit this post with her name.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Day 101 of 2019

I haven't felt the greatest all day. 
I'm hoping this tea has some healing properties.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Day 100 of 2019

Here is my first update on the repair of this quilt. 
I have removed all the blocks or parts of blocks that need replacing. 
After doing so, I can see the original colors of the fabrics 
that were hidden in the seams. 
Rather than selecting replacement fabrics based on the faded, 
yellowed and dirty state of the current fabrics, 
I have decided to use fabrics
 that represent the fabrics that were originally chosen.  
This way when the new ones get faded, yellowed or dirty, 
they will be more likely to look as though they belonged all along.  
My logic may be faulty but it is my logic and I am sticking with it.  
Not shown here is the drawing on graph paper of the missing blocks 
and the surrounding design that I have done
so I can determine how many pieces of each shape and color 
I will need from the new fabrics.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Day 98 of 2019

As promised, here is the full shot of the quilt that needs repair. 

Also, I don't believe I ever answered the latest What is it? post. 
The quote is from one of my favorite songs ever -
Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World. 
It is even represented in my studio.

Edit:  I have written a blog post over on More Curiously about my other treasures 
from the same shopping trip.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Day 97 of 2019

There was no sunshine today, 
but the daffodils in my yard are blooming and I'll take that.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Day 96 of 2019

Family Day at Newfields (IMA) had plenty of activities and gardens to explore, 
but my favorite capture of the day came from inside the greenhouse.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Day 94 of 2019

This quilt was for sale at a nearby antique mall.  It was billed as a "cutter."  
I think the description was misleading.  
It's not at all that it is in such bad shape
 that the only good use would be to cut it up for other projects, 
but rather the quilt is in great shape 
with the exception of this big hole that someone has cut into it.
I believe this quilt deserves a second chance 
so I took this as a challenge to make it better.
As soon as I can grab a quilt holder and a nice day without rain, 
I'll show you the whole, beautiful thing...
and progress pictures of the rescue, of course.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Day 93 of 2019

To my surprise I found out that Fireball had never been to Crown Hill Cemetery.  
It is the site of the tomb of James Whitcomb Riley 
which sits at the top of Crown Hill which is the highest elevation in the city.  
From there one can see for miles in all directions including downtown.  
It is peaceful and quiet there.  
We walked and were greeted by names and dates, 
many of them belonging to prominent families in the city's history. 
We tried to determine family relationships.
As we were about to find our way out of the maze to start our ride home, 
we were startled by an event which led us to an unforgettable experience.  
I've posted some pictures over on More Curiously.  
Here's a clue.